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PALEO CINNAMON POP TARTS!!!

PALEO CINNAMON POPTARTS

Yall, since I gave up sugar in 2015, I. HAVE. NOT. EATEN. A. POPTART!!

Yes, you read that correctly! And as a recovering picky eater who grew up in the 90’s eating frozen pizzas, little debbies, and yes, poptarts, I won’t lie, at times a toasted Brown Cinnamon Poptart has sounded amazing!

It’s been on my list for a while to try making a clean version, but honestly I felt like it was too much work…but finally I gave in and did it, and there were NO REGRETS!

  1. not that much work

  2. the taste was TOTALLY worth it!

Here’s what I did!

PALEO CINNAMON POPTARTS

(makes 6 poptarts)

Paleo Cinnamon Poptarts

INGREDIENTS:

  • ⅔ cup cassava flour plus more for dusting

  • ½ cup almond flour

  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

  • ¼ cup coconut sugar

  • ¼ cup coconut oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

EGG WASH INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 egg white

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • *Wisk together

FILLING:

  • 6 tablespoons coconut sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil

TOPPING:

  • 3 tablesppons coconut oil (not melted)

  • 1 tablesppons coconut sugar

  • 2 teasppons cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:

For Crust:

  1. Using a food processor, add in the flours, xanthan gum and coconut sugar, blend together.

  2. Then add in the coconut oil, eggs and syrup.

  3. Blend all together for 2 minutes. The dough will get a bit thicker.

  4. Remove dough from food processor and wrap tightly in plastic wrap; chill in fridge for one hour.

  5. Use some flour to dust a surface, and roll the dough out on it into a sheet that is 12"x 12"

  6. Use a pizza cutter, and cut 12 small rectangles, that are about 4" x 3" each.

Putting them together:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.

  2. Place half of the rectangles you’ve rolled out on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of filling in the center and spread around leaving a ½ inch border around the filling.

  4. Mix up the egg white wash, and brush a small amount of egg wash on the border where there is no filling.

  5. Using another, empty rectangle cover the filling. Pinch the sides together and brush with egg wash to get a good seal. (if they aren’t sealed, some of the good filling will leak out! Go over it again with the tip of a fork along the four sides of the Pop Tart.

  6. Repeat until all 6 Pop Tarts are filled and sealed.

  7. Brush the egg wash over the tops of all 6 poptarts

  8. Bake for 20 minutes.

  9. Let them cool for about 20-30minutes, and mix up the topping, then add it to the top

TOPPING:

  1. Mix unmelted coconut oil, cinnamon and coconut sugar together to create a paste

  2. It’s best to put this on after the poptarts have had a chance to cool some so it doesn’t slide off….BUT, if you can’t wait, just go for it and enjoy! (that’s what I did, and how it’s pictured)

ENJOY! And remember if you make them to share pictures and tag me @BrittanySuell

xoxo

Brittany

FYI: I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! Don’t be intimidated by the instructions, it actually wasn’t too hard to make, and was so worth it! Also, I’m working on a better, creamier topping, so stay tuned, but for now, ENJOY!







Homemade Larabar Recipe

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I don't know about y'all but when it comes to the weekend, I look forward to doing my grocery shopping because that means I can buy new ingredients and try new recipes! Especially since I started my journey of NO SUGAR IN 2015, I am loving trying out new, SUGAR FREE recipes!  So last weekend, I decided to try my hand at making something using dates as the sweetener. I've seen this in all sorts of healthy eating recipes. Dates are known as the natural sweetener for healthy, No Sugar Added recipes, but I have never used them. So, I decided to make my own Homemade Larabars! And what do you know, they turned out awesome! 

So, here's the recipe! I wish you a wonderful weekend full or fun times in the kitchen making these yummy goodies for the entire family! 

I'm telling you, take just an hour or less out of your weekend to prepare a batch or two of these for the week and use them in the kids lunch, or as their after school snacks! Think of how much better these are for them than any processed, store-bought snack that you usually give them. "HELLO...! Did you Hear me say NO SUGAR!" Don't make excuses, make these, and start creating healthy habits in your kiddos! (#LeaveYourLegacy) Yes, I'm trying to guilt you into this! I just know how easy it would be to by the boxed snacks rather than spend a little extra time making these, but it is so worth it

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I'll be taking my Homemade Pecan-Coconut Larabars with me to my Yoga Training this weekend! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with my fun, Yoga filled weekend in San Antonio, Texas! 

Homemade Larabar Recipe from @brittanysuell  No added sugars. Ingredients include: dates (as the natural sweetener), almonds, coconut, chia seeds, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and water. 

Let me know if you make these, or if you have made them before! Share a photo and tag me @brittanysuell #LeaveYourLegacy

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Homemade Applesauce #MommyMonday

Mommy Monday  

As many of you have seen in the past, I am doing Baby-Led Weaning with my son, (learn what that is, and all about the nutritional value of it HERE). Along with that, I am also feeding him only food I cook, (for the most part). So, I am avoiding jar baby food, and as much processed foods as I can.  Mostly I am feeding him whole fruits and vegetables that I steam or bake and then cut into strips.  There are a few items that I puree myself so that he can try out various textures and practice using utensils, and APPLE SAUCE is one of those.

So today I'm going to share my EASY-PEASY HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE with you! 

First, let me start with a little nutrition lesson:

DISCLAIMER: No judgement if you buy this for your children, just want to show you how much sugar and other unnecessary ingredients are added to these types of store bought foods, and how easy it is for you to make this homemade at your house!

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1) Applesauce for a baby does not need ANYTHING added to it! It doesn't have to be sweet for them to eat it.  Remember, as a baby, you are helping them develop their taste pallet, so it's okay for it not to have brown sugar or cinnamon flavoring in it.

If you are making this for older kids or adults, try some flavoring (I'll mention what I did at the end), but still try to avoid added sugars. There is enough natural sugar in fruits that you don't need to add more!

2) True Applesauce doesn't need anything added to it except a little water.

You have probably heard that high fructose corn syrup is one of the worst things you can eat, and one of the main reasons you should avoid processed foods because it is added to everything! I am not a nutrition pro (yet), but I will say after making my own Applesauce, I have NO IDEA why they would need to add all of these things to their ingredients.

*Some recipes tell you to add Apple Juice as your liquid base. Not a big deal if it is ALL NATURAL. BUT, once again, if it is store bought Apple Juice, then it probably has unnecessary sugars added to it as well, so you are just replacing one with the other. The safest way to go is to just use water as your liquid.

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3) Many store bought foods, even foods for kids/babies have tons of sugar added to it! Like a ton...Like WAY TOO MUCH!

Check out how much sugar is in one small cup of this Applesauce. When making my own Applesauce, obviously there is sugar, but it's all natural sugar, so I don't even worry about it.  A lot of the sugar in this brand's sauce probably came from the unnecessary added high fructose corn syrup mentioned above.

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On to the recipe! 

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HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE: 

-Take 2 apples 

-Peel them, core them, dice them

-Put on to boil with 1/2 a cup of water

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-Let them cook on med/high heat for about 20 min (apples will be soft and slightly broken a part)

-Pour the apples/liquid into blender & blend until smooth

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-For a baby, divvy it up into containers and freeze. Then when you are ready to serve it, heat slightly so that it melts and serve it to baby. 

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I ate the Homemade Applesauce just like this, and it tasted great! Seriously, with the already natural sugars that apples have, it had plenty of flavors.

For my husband, I wanted to try something a little different, so I added a 1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon, and he ate it like that. It was great with the cinnamon flavor as well. Still though, there was no need to add any more sugar to it in my opinion.

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So, instead of taking the easy way out and buying the store bought brands, why not take just a little more time out of your weekend and prep a bunch of yummy Homemade Applesauce for the week!

Applesauce makes a great snack for adults and kids! You can take it for lunch, or eat it in the afternoons, and seriously it takes about 25-30 minutes to make, and most of that time is when it is boiling on the stove so you can be getting other things done. Then you can rest easy, because you know exactly what is in the food that you are feeding yourself and your children. Plus, your just adding to the daily serving of fruits that you are taking in, and that is always a PLUS!

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So, try the recipe, and be sure to post a picture and tag me when you are loving how yummy it is! @NFSisters #MommyMonday

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Mommy Monday-Homemade Baby Wipes

So as many of you know, I became a mom in April (Read my Birth Story HERE).  And like anything as huge and life changing as becoming a mom, it kind of becomes a HUGE part of your life! So, I wanted to incorporate some of my mommy-ness into my posts, and share with you all, some of the things I learn along the way!

That is how MOMMY MONDAY started!  

Although I am passionate about helping you Create a Healthy and Active Lifestyle Legacy in your own family, and to most that may seem pretty mommy-ish.  Well Mommy Monday is a place where I may share some non-Fitness or Healthy related Mommy tips or experiences! Mommy Monday

So welcome to day one of Mommy Monday-Homemade Baby Wipes!

Yes you heard me right, homemade baby wipes.

If you didn't know, I am cloth diapering! Now, now, if you are thinking of a white cloth wrapped around my baby's bum, hooked together with a safety pin, think again.  These diapers are high quality, and super cute!

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So, I have been using store bought wipes since he was born. (He is now 7 months old). We got so many as baby shower gifts, that I am just starting to run out.  But, with cloth diapering, it is so much easier to use a cloth wipe, because you can toss it in the diaper after using it, and just wash it all together.  (Like you would do with a disposable, but instead you would toss them both in the trash).

Anyways, whether you want to use cloth wipes, or make your own baby wipes, you can use this wipe solution.

"WHY the heck would I want to do that!?!??" you ask....

Well we used a huge box of wipes, (bought from Sam's, so a bulk size box), and right when we finished the last package there was a recall on the wipes! I was shocked, really, a recall on baby wipes! What the heck! Anyways, my baby was fine (as far as we know), but still there just shouldn't have to be a recall on wipes.  So if you are interested in knowing your baby has a safe wipe solution, plus it will smell incredible, try this!

Reasons I Use Homemade Baby Wipes:

-I cloth diaper, so it's easy to go ahead and use cloth wipes as well

-Saves money

-More convenient (I don't have to run to the store if I run out)

-I know what is in the wipe solution, and know it is safe for my baby

-I get to use essential oils, which is always an added bonus, and great for my baby!

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*If you are making your own DISPOSABLE WIPES, just buy your choice brand of Paper Towels, (the ones that are already cut in half sizes.  Then found them all up over one another.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HOMEMADE BABY WIPES:

The Wipes:

1) Use your scissors to cut your receiving blanket into small (wipe-sized) squares

The Solution:

1) Put a Tablespoon of Coconut Oil in the bowl/cup *If it is s0lid, microwave for 30 seconds to melt it*

2) Add 2-3 drops of Lavender & Thieves Young Living Essential Oil

3) Add 1-1.5 cups of warm water to the oil solution

Combining them:

1) Lay your wipes inside your wipe container

2) Pour the entire cup of mixture over the wipes making sure they are all soaked

Then your wipes are ready to use!

FYI:

The water is used as the cleaning solution for the wipes, along with the Thieves Young Living Essential Oil which is a "proprietary essential oil blend [that] was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health." (Young Living)

The Lavender and coconut oil aids in diaper rash prevention, which the coconut oil also acts as a moisturizer.

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So basically, the concoction of Coconut Oil, and these Young Living Essential Oils equals amazingness for the baby's bottom!

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Have you ever tried making your own, or would you be interested in trying to make your own Homemade Baby Wipes, or is it too weird for you!?!

*If you have any questions about the products used to make these, or if you are interested in ordering some of these essential oils, email me at naturalnesters@gmail.com or leave a comment! 

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